Classic box score: Pierce goes nuts against Sixers

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With a couple months to go before real NBA games begin, we're going to be debuting a new feature, Classic Box Score, here at BSJ to help pass the time. Long-time readers of CelticsHub might be familiar with the premise, but it's exactly what it sounds like: a fun look back at epic games or performances in Celtics history. If you guys like it, we'll make it a weekly feature, so be sure to leave some feedback in the comments (good or bad).

To kick things off, I figured it would be fitting to take a look back at one of Paul Pierce's finest postseason performances in the wake of him retiring as a Celtic last month. Most fans would probably cite Pierce's best playoff game as his 41-point outing in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against LeBron James and the Cavs in 2008. That's a very fair choice given the stakes, but it actually wasn't Pierce's best offensive performance in a postseason game. We have to go all the way back to 2002 for that masterpiece.